April is The Fling- lower half od the west highland way- tough terrain- I did it for the first time this year in over 14hours.
Yesterday was Glen Ogle- starts in Killin, and runs on a mix of steep hilly forestry paths, undulating country roads, and gentle tarmac path.
Oddly I have not felt as bad after the ultras I've done as after marathons that I've raced- probably I don't push as hard on the longer races, but you can't sustain high effort levels for these lenghts of time/ distance, so there's naturally a lot more walk breaks etc.
I have 1 slightly bruised toenail, and a little chaffing, but no major damage, except that I am starving!
Didn't manage to keep dry for more than about 1 second at th erace, but I'm happy with the outcome- 33 miles in 6:22- which beats 6:47 on a slightly SHORTER course last year! Prior to last year the course was even shorter still, so not my best time for the race, but my best overall pace.
I felt quite lightheaded at the finish, after a dash downhill over the last 5k or so, which is fast, fairly perfect downhill gradient- toenails felt a bit battered, but all look to still be present and correct.
Now home and dry, checking out the cider from the goody bag................I'm not usually a cider drinker, but happy to make an exception this time.
Hope everyone else managed to avoid the downpours- tomorrow looks awful- I'm very glad it was a saturday race!
Did my ultra today (33miles), and set a personal fastest pace for the course - I've done the race 3 times before, and on all the previous occaisions, the course was shorter (about 31.5), so my time wasn't the best I've ever had for the race, but my overall pace was better.
I feel like the "cut-down" P&D programme I used was perfect for me- I'm not a high-mileage runner, and even with the reduction in the midweek sessions from miles to km, I've logged some of my biggest ever mileage weeks.
The race was fairly dreich, but it eventually stopped raining about 18 miles in, and despite a hard, fast 5km downhill finish, it seems like my feelt/ toenails have largely survived.
I've been nursing a hip problem for the last month or so -? bursitis, so I will rest up for a week or 2 ( coinciding with holiday anyway).